Women's and Children's Hospital, Adelaide
What is a midwife

What is a midwife?

The World Health Organisation defines a midwife in this way:

"She must be able to give the necessary supervision, care and advice to women during pregnancy, labour and the postpartum periods, to conduct deliveries on their own responsibility and to care for the newborn infant.  This care includes preventative measures, the detection of abnormal conditions in mother and child, the procurement of medical assistance and the execution of emergency measures in the absence of medical help.  She has an important task in health counselling and education, not only for the women, but also within the family and community.  The work should involve antenatal education and preparation for parenthood, and extends to certain areas of gynaecology, family planning and child care.  She may practice in hospitals, clinics, health units, domiciliary conditions, or in any other service."

MGP Midwives

MGP midwives are all registered/licensed with the Nurses Board of SA and bring many years experience caring for mothers and babies in different settings.  MGP midwives share a respect for childbearing women, their families and communities.

Student Midwives

Women having a baby are the most important teachers for both experienced and student midwives and play an important role in midwifery education.

Midwifery Group Practice supports midwifery students from Flinders University and the University of SA. Student midwives accompany MGP midwives and, with the permission of service users, may  provide care appropriate to their level of education.  

MGP midwives are committed to ensuring that that quality of care provided is enhanced by the presence of student midwives.  Women using the service are encouraged to discuss the presence of students and especially to raise any concerns, as midwifery education is an important part of MGP.

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last modified: 30 Mar 2009